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Google for Universities

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: collaboration, education, google, strategy, technology, universities |

Google is providing universities with “Google Apps for Education” – gmail, google calendars and google document sharing/collaboration tools. Trinity College Dublin appears to be the first UK University to sign up. An advantage to students (and staff!) is that they can still have access to their email account when they leave. See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6741797.stm

Something that I have been pondering is whether students would find it useful to have a tab within their igoogle containing their University’s gadgets. The student could create such a tab from scratch themselves, but for some having a tab pre-populated with gadgets relevant to their life at uni, e.g. their course (e.g. news feeds, course calendar); their library (catalogue search box/website search box) etc that they can edit (add more gadgets to – not just those provided by their uni – and remove things from) may be useful – perhaps?

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Web 2.0 strategy

Posted on June 10, 2007. Filed under: strategy, technology, web 2.0 |

Ok, so it’s a good idea to have a web 2.0 strategy. But is it a good idea to mandate which web 2.0 applications your organisation and its members will use and/or recommend? Eg. linkedin or facebook or myspace; You Tube or flickr or photobucket; del.icio.us or simpy; google reader or Bloglines; igoogle or pageflakes or netvibes; or ?? or all of them?? Or none of them and develop in house web 2.0 enabled repositories instead?

Mandates could be a good idea from the pov of maintaining presentation consistency for internally produced content. But on the other hand if you are an organisation (eg. a Library) that needs to link to a variety of external resources then these will undoubtedly be located within a wide range of applications and so consistency won’t be possible.

Mandates could also help to ensure that similar resources are deposited in the same place and so enable people to retrive all resources on a particular subject easily. Otherwise they would have to carry out the same search within more than one site – unless a x-search is possible.

Anyone out there have any thoughts on this?

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